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Video: Detroit Police Arrest News Photographer

July 17, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Detroit Police Arrest News Photographer

The Detroit Police Department has opened an investigation into the arrest of a Detroit Free-Press photographer by a plainclothes officer during an arrest on a public street.

Mandi Wright was filming an arrest, when an officer ordered her to stop filming and wrestled her phone away from her. The Internal Affairs investigation is also looking into the disappearance of a memory card from her newspaper-issued iPhone and whether she was briefly left alone with the suspect she was filming.

Wright filmed the arrest of a man wearing a white tank top and blue jeans on Thursday in an area east of downtown. In her video footage, eight officers arresting the man are in plainclothes, most with "Police" visible on their clothing or external vests.

A plainclothes officer with no markings then confronts Wright and tells her to "turn it off." She identifies herself as a journalist and the officer responds by saying, "I don't care who you are." The camera is then jostled and the recording cuts off.

Comments (9)

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T.J. Rocker Sr. @ 7/18/2013 4:35 PM

The officer had no buiness restricting the filming of this event let alone arrest the person filming the event. This officer was way out of line. The city is broke now just wait for the suite to be filed.

Arturo @ 7/18/2013 5:27 PM

That is an idiot as a Police officer, That is sure sue!!

Randy @ 7/18/2013 5:35 PM

Yes, I agree. This officer should be terminated at the very least. There are so many court rulings now about everyone's right to film public employee's in public representing the people of their respective state. You have to be an idiot to not know this...!

Chief Thomas @ 7/18/2013 10:32 PM

Terany and misinformation are on the rise, get informed visit the CSPOA website.

Bob @ VA @ 7/19/2013 6:04 AM

The courts have decided this issue. Citizens may film LEOs in action as long as they do not interfere with ongoing operations. Until jurisdictional leadership trains their LEOs properly, major awards will be handed out to those falsely arrested. Agree with Chief Thomas, CSPOA provides great info for LEOs on the street.

Tom Ret @ 7/19/2013 6:35 PM

Cops need to be on solid legal footing before they act otherwise the city will pay. In Detroit's case it may be an IOU.

David @ 7/24/2013 7:32 AM

I just don't understand the thinking of officers today. You're a PUBLIC SERVANT!!!! You wear a badge Number and a Name Plate, theirs countless court rulings on this issue. Theirs is NOTHING ILLEGAL about a citizen requesting that information or the filming your actions as long as they are NOT INTERFERING.

Trigger @ 7/24/2013 9:00 AM

And you wonder why groups like the ACLU are having a hay day with
law enforcement. This idiot needs to be terminated.

officerJason @ 7/29/2013 6:17 AM

If you arent breaking the law youre sworn to uphold then why are you worried about being on video? Its the same as a dash cam. Every stop etc is on film. Fire his ass and the rest of them that make a disgrace out of us good guys

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